Just in time to celebrate their first anniversary AND the purchase of their house! This is the wedding quilt that I made for my sister and her husband and yes, I did start it almost a year ago. You know how these things go. It was such a daunting project and, once pieced together, such a physically big project that it required taking over full rooms in our apartment (entryway, living room, office) just to work on. I couldn't even tell you all about my sewing adventures because while it wasn't an actual surprise, I still wanted to keep some of the allure and mystery.
I hoped to give it to them the first time I visited their new house, which I thought would be Tuesday night, but then they invited me over for dinner on Monday night and GAH! what is a girl to do when she's crouched over a not-secret-but-maybe-forgotten-about wedding quilt in a 90 degree apartment and the married couple invites her over for BBQ & beers? She picks up a 12-pack and goes, that's what she does.
Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow Collection Sunny Day palette, solid brown cotton backing, pre-made quilt binding and a midweight blend batting inside. I quickly learned that quilting is a really precise art, full of math and spatial reasoning. Those aren't my strongest suits, but I mustered everything I had to pull this thing together. It's not perfect, but it was made with love for a loving couple. And I didn't even cry or throw things while making it, so by all measures this is a success for me.
Another good call was my choice to finish the quilt using the tying method, rather than machine- or hand-quilting it. For my fellow non-quilters, the basics steps of making a quilt are: 1) cutting your squares (or other shapes), 2) piecing them together into the patchwork quilt top, 3) making the quilt sandwich (top, batting, back), 4) quilting (what you do to keep all of the pieces together and to keep them from shifting around) and 5) attaching the binding. The tying method is really just making little knots with yarn every so often instead of stitching straight or curved lines all over the quilt. It was pretty stress-free, although I did have to use a pair of pliers to pull the needle of yarn through the quilt each time.
- This Instructables on quilt construction has great pictures and step-by-step help.
- An article on how to make a large quilt backing from standard 44/45" fabric.
- Super helpful post on basting your quilt layers together. (She also makes really amazing quilts, the likes of which I can't even aspire to make.)
- I also YouTubed a lot of videos for various stages, like this one on tying a quilt.
This short week has thrown me off, especially since Sister & I are heading to Connecticut tomorrow for an NKOTBSB show. You read that correctly, we are seeing New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys. I'm so excited that I'm not even ashamed to tell you all about it. I really wish we had kept our NKOTB t-shirts and earrings from back in the day. Or the Joey McIntyre doll. Or our NKOTB board game. Actually, I have quite a haul of BSB things to drag up from middle school, as long as we're confessing our boy band pasts.